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The pantomime of Divorce D-Day

The mythical Divorce D-Day reappears every January and solicitors are doing nothing to stop it, including Tony Roe

4 January 2013

As much as a tradition as the appearance of the pantomime dame, the Divorce Day story is rolled out by the media every January.

Quite when this story first started appearing is unclear, but it was certainly around five years ago. According to The Daily Telegraph on 4 January 2008, the Monday at the “start of the first full working week after new year... is the day when warring spouses are most likely to instigate divorce proceedings against one another”. It added that “Monday is officially known among lawyers as D-Day, divorce day.” The same paper last year said, “Divorce Day is the lawyers’ nickname for... when unloving couples return from the compulsory cheerfulness of Christmas holidays determined to seek new and separate lives in the New Year.”

This year even the Ministry of Justice has got in on the act, announcing “an extra £10m for med...

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